Speak Out: Methodists’ decision

Readers reacted to the fallout resulting from the Methodist Church approving measures to ban same-sex marriage and gay clergy.

• Why do people feel the need to force their lifestyle onto others? If an organization or business doesn’t agree with how you live, go somewhere else. I don’t see gay people forcing their lifestyle on Islam. I don’t see anyone forcing a mosque to host their gay weddings. I don’t see any lawsuits against a Muslim-owned bakery for not baking a gay wedding cake. Why is this? Why is it OK to bully every other religion or organization? — Danielle Starkey

• But what does the Bible say? — Steve Peterman

• Jesus affirmed creation as male and female and that marriage is between one man and one woman period. — Patricia Riddagh

• Anyone of any sexual orientation or religion is welcome to pray beside me. — Denise Ginger

• Gay people have become the least tolerant demographic in America, which is funny because they represent only 2.2 percent of the American population. That’s a bold stance to take against the exponential majority. — Willy Beal

• Everyone should be welcomed in ALL Churches just as Jesus welcomed all, but a sin is a sin and Jesus said go and sin no more. The Bible should be taught. If it’s not, seek a true biblical church. Hell is REAL! — Jackie Fisher

• Amazing how people judge others and then want to preach about Jesus and love of people. — Jayme Lynn

• The Bible was written by many people over a number of years. Is was not written by God or Jesus. It should not be taken literally. It is a humans interpretation of the times. We have an obligation to do the same today. — Jennings Hastings

• Maybe that depends on which Bible you are referring to. Any of those used by Christians, Catholics, Protestants, and many more would disagree. — Lisa Bell

• I’ve seen church splits myself, one was over whether or not divorced people could be active in the church (e.g., teach Sunday school, serve as a deacon). The issue was brought up and he pushed the leadership to ban the divorced. I’ve read the Bible 20 times and while there are verses that speak out about homosexuality, they are more in the Old Testament. When Jesus Christ walked this earth, it seemed to me, He zeroed in on the pompous Pharisees and Sadducees, and pompous people (let he who without sin cast the first stone). By the way, do you know the difference between the faith of a Pharisee and a Sadducee? The Pharisees believed in life after death, the Sadducees didn’t, which is sad you see. — Jym Sawchak

• Time for the United Methodist Church to split? — Dave Graham

• I say split the church. Once their offerings are reduced by half, maybe they will change their tune. — Jess Mortillfem

• I’m very disappointed with the Methodist Church and I’ll withhold my money. — Elizabeth Kenney

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